The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s final guidelines go against the long-held conventional viewpoint that women at average risk of the cancer should start annual screenings at age 40.
Cancer is a scourge of modern civilization. In 1900, the death rate per 100,000 population, was 64; in 2011, it was 184.6 a 188% increase.
Generally speaking, researchers have concluded anywhere from 90 to 95 percent of cancers are caused by environmental and lifestyle factors. As noted in a 2008 study, “Cancer Is a Preventable Disease That Requires Lifestyle Changes,”24 some of the most prominent lifestyle factors contributing to cancer are:
- Smoking and environmental pollutants
In terms of diet, fried foods, excessive amounts of protein, processed meats, alcohol, lack of fruits and vegetables and excess caloric intake have all been linked to an increased cancer risk. Processed meats such as hotdogs, sausages and lunch meats, have been linked to colorectal cancer specifically, being classified as a Group 1 carcinogen (meaning it is considered carcinogenic to humans) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2015.25
Researchers at Tulane University report that the 1-year survival rate among patients with pancreatic cancer was significantly higher among those who used a macrobiotic diet than among those who did not (17 months versus 6 months)
But the shift is part of a trend toward recommending screening later in life and less frequently. The American Cancer Society changed its guidelines in October to recommend that annual screening start at age 45 and then switch to every other year starting at age 55.
Both groups say women in their 40s don’t benefit as much as older women from the screenings, and face greater potential harm.
Dr. Bonnie Joe, chief of breast imaging at UCSF -
“If we all agree saving lives is most important, the most prudent approach is to screen annually at age 40,” said Joe, who also serves on the breast imaging commission for the American College of Radiology. “If we follow the new task force guidelines, you’re going to lose thousands of women a year by doing this less frequent screening.”
... a stubborn unwillingness to acknowledge the fact that the radiation from the X-rays in mammograms, and the usual toxic treatments on false-positive cases, can CAUSE cancer] [The Task Force takes the risk / benefit into account ][she doesn’t talk about the many more thousands who die from cancers CAUSED by the radiation used in all mammograms -- insidious tactic by doctors who have economic gain from more and more expensive, and invasive screenings ][ OASISfH comments ]
Dr. Otis Brawley, the chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society: “...Essentially, what has happened is our technologies have gotten so good that we can find some early cancers, or things that look like cancer, that we now know, if left alone, would never grow, spread and harm the patient. So we're actually treating some lesions that look like cancer unnecessarily. What we're trying to do is spare some people the harms associated with unnecessary treatment…”
New guidelines recommend mammograms starting at age 50
By Victoria Colliver
Updated 7:30 pm, Monday, January 11, 2016
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